Honorary Protestants: The Jewish School Question in Montreal, 1867-1997 (Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History)
David Fraser (Author)
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When the Constitution Act of 1867 was enacted, section 93 guaranteed certain educational rights to Catholics and Protestants in Quebec, but not to any others. Over the course of the next century, the Jewish community in Montreal carved out an often tenuous arrangement for public schooling as "honorary Protestants," based on complex negotiations with the Protestant and Catholic school boards, the provincial government, and individual municipalities. In the face of the constitution's exclusionary language, all parties gave their compromise a legal form which was frankly unconstitutional, but unavoidable if Jewish children were to have access to public schools. Bargaining in the shadow of the law, they made their own constitution long before the formal constitutional amendment of 1997 finally put an end to the issue. In Honorary Protestants, David Fraser presents the first legal history of the Jewish school question in Montreal. Based on extensive archival research, it highlights the complex evolution of concepts of rights, citizenship, and identity, negotiated outside the strict legal boundaries of the constitution.
About the Author
David Fraser is a professor in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham.
- Contributor: David Fraser
- Imprint: University of Toronto Press
- ISBN13: 9781442630482
- Number of Pages: 536
- Packaged Dimensions: 168x244x41mm
- Packaged Weight: 920
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press
- Release Date: 2015-11-02
- Series: Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: David Fraser is a professor in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham.
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